Understanding Knowing and Learning

Subject EDUC10050 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 1-hour lecture and 1 2-hour seminar each week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr John Quay


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject will lead students to increase their understanding of various ‘ways of knowing’ and develop personal theories of knowledge and its enhancement. Topics will include: a consideration of knowledge as representation; the constructs used to explain aspects of knowledge (conceptual networks, prototypes, experiences, emotions); the psychological processes that influence its acquisition; learning and thinking as knowledge enhancement; multiple representations of knowledge and recoding; types of reflective activity and reflection as the distillation and transformation of knowledge; types of learning (for example, deep, surface and achieving); and biological models of knowledge and learning. Students will be encouraged to develop this understanding in the context of their tertiary learning and to understand themselves as knowledge enhancers.
Objectives: The aim of this subject is to lead students to increase their understanding of various ‘ways of knowing’ and to develop personal theories of knowledge and its enhancement. Students will :
  • focus on examining questions such as : What is knowledge ? What is understanding ?;
  • develop a language describing knowledge and learning; and
  • learn conceptual tools for unpacking and linking these questions with both their experiences of knowledge and learning and with guided study in relevant areas.
  • A 1500-word analysis of a topic chosen by the student from their major field of study in terms of the types of knowledge that constitute their understanding of it, due mid-semester (35%);
  • a 2500-word assignment on a topic chosen by the student from their major field of study in which they (i) describe the types of learning and knowledge changes that occurred during the learning; (ii) what they have learnt about knowledge, its construction and themselves as ‘knowers’; (iii) their understanding of knowledge transfer, due after the end of semester (65%).
Prescribed Texts: A book of readings will be produced
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students will be able to:
  • describe the types of knowledge they are learning;
  • develop a problem solving approach to the analysis of this knowledge;
  • use this to analyse the knowledge they are learning; and
  • communicate this understanding
Related Breadth Track(s): Education - Understanding Knowledge

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